Portuguese man-of-war


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Physalia physalis

the Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfishlike animal consisting of a complex colony of individual members that can inflict extremely painful stings.

Portuguese man-of-war

n.
A colonial siphonophore (Physalia physalis) composed of numerous specialized zooids, having a bluish bladderlike crested float from which hang numerous long stinging tentacles.

Portuguese man-of-war

[por′chəgēs]
any member of the genus Physalia, in the phylum Cnidaria. All species have a large purple air sac that allows them to float on the surface of the water, and from which many long tentacles of stinging polyps hang. The tentacles are equipped with nematocysts that are able to penetrate the skin of humans, causing intense pain. Paralysis can result from numerous stings.

Phy·sa·li·a phy·sa·lis

(fī-sā'lē-ă fī-sā-lis)
The Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfishlike animal consisting of a complex colony of individual members that can inflict extremely painful stings.
Synonym(s): Portuguese man-of-war.

Portuguese man-of-war, man-o'-war

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After much testing under a microscope, the scientific data proved that applying Jellyfish Squish(TM) on a Portuguese man-of-war paralyzes the unfired nematocysts, preventing them from continuing to fire their toxins.
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The prettiest is probably one of the most vicious, the Portuguese man-of-war.
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IF you are stung by a Portuguese Man-of-War, putting the sting in very hot water may reduce your pain.
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Fearing the angry red mark was from a potentially lethal Portuguese man-of-war, club doctor David Gough gave Arca an injection of anti-histamine and sent him to hospital.
The left-back was having a swim after a run when he was stung by what club doctor David Gough reckons was a giant Portuguese man-of-war species at Seaburn beach.
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